Tottenham marks International Women’s Day 2013

Today is International Women’s Day, a celebration for women’s past economic, political and social achievements and an opportunity to improve the future.

Haringey Women’s Forum have organised an event to provide women from the local area an opportunity to get together in celebration of International Women’s Day. It takes place today  in Bruce Castle Museum  from 11.00am – 2.30pm.

There is free film screening from 7pm tonight at the Marcus Garvey Library in the Tottenham Green Leisure Centre. Entitled A Passion for Justice, it looks at the life of Ida B. Wells. She was an early leader in the US civil rights movement as well as being active in the women’s rights and the women’s suffrage movement, establishing several notable women’s organisations.

Haringey Council is putting on a free event tomorrow near Seven Sisters at to celebrate International Women’s Day. As they put it, “The theme for this year’s event is Against All Odds. Please come along and join other phenomenal women from Haringey for International Women’s Day.” Workshops range from business to gardening, while the afternoon sees the Unsung Women Award presented by poet and activist, Zita Holbourne.

The day is rounded off with a screening of the film Amina, shot on location in Haringey. It takes place tomorrow, Saturday 9 March, at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (Chenel), High Road, Tottenham, N15 4RU.

Globally 70% of those living in poverty are women, and Oxfam organises special events every year, themed as Get Together, to encourages women and men to fundraise to support Oxfam projects, which change the lives of women around the world.

International Women's Day posterThe history of International Women’s Day stretches back over a hundred years. In 1909, the first Women’s Day was celebrated in just one country, the USA, following a call by the Socialist Party of America.

The first International Women’s Day took place in 1911, having been proposed the year before by an International Women’s Conference organised as part of the socialist Second International. Clara Zetkin – a German activist, thinker and later MP – was one of the main proponents.

It has been celebrated ever since, gaining more attention as a popular event since 1977 when the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim 8 March as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace. For the last several years, the UN has also suggested an annual theme with this year’s being “A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End Violence Against Women”

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